The Military Order of the World Wars’ (MOWW) founding resulted from General of the Armies John J. Pershing’s request that his officers continue serving America after their active military service ended following World War I. Since MOWW was established in 1919, MOWW members ("Companions") have lived by the Military Order's motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.”
MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) programs throughout the United States—at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, free enterprise system concepts, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop speaking, writing and leadership skills which help them be better citizens and future leaders. MOWW’s YLC curriculum is annually accredited by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
MOWW also sponsors awards programs for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC cadets (JROTC) , the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the USA (GS-USA). Additionally, MOWW formally honors those who excel in the national security, homeland security, and law and order arenas. Finally, MOWW hosts “Massing of Colors” ceremonies in conjunction with Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
MOWW PREAMBLE: "To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity; To inculcate and stimulate love of our Country and the Flag; To promote and further patriotic education in our nation; Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity and supremacy of our National Government and the Constitution of the United States; To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the armed forces; To promote the cultivation of Military, Naval and Air Science and the adoption of a consistent and suitable policy of national security for the United States of America; To acquire and preserve records of individual services; To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of Memorials of the World Wars; And to transmit all these ideals to posterity; under God and for our Country, we unite to establish The Military Order of the World Wars."
MOWW promotes and furthers patriotic, civic and leadership education in the youth of our nation. Major MOWW programs include, but are not limited to: National Security, Homeland Defense, Law & Order, Monuments & Memorials, ROTC & JROTC, BSA & GS-USA, Youth Leadership Conferences, Massing of the Colors, and publication of the "Officer Review" magazine.